Monday, 28 November 2011


I just realized that I reposted a bunch of pictures from previous posts. For this, I apologize; however, it has to be said that they are amazing enough to merit a double post. Have a nice night e'rybody!

My Favorite Thing Is to Go Where I Have Never Gone

--Diane Arbus

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." - Oscar Wilde

Do you ever have those days, where you wonder, wouldn't it be easier to just drop everything and go? Does this English Lit paper really matter in the big scheme of things? What about my job, does it matter? Couldn't I survive, just on the pure thrill of life, if I just went out and explored, forever? I know I talk about it a lot, but there is nothing--and I mean nothing--that I want to do more than travel. It's like I'm itching to get going and see everything. The world amazes me. How could it not?

As perhaps sad as it is, that video nearly brings me to tears. It enthralls me, it's like the entire world is a magnet and I'm also a magnet, and the whole world is pulling me towards it, so, so, so hard. But I don't know where to go, I don't know where to start, because it's all pulling so hard. Okay, so that was an awful analogy, but you get the picture.

I want to go somewhere, somewhere amazing. Somewhere that takes my breath away, where I can feel the awesomeness of the world around me just pounding through my veins. I do not want to be a tourist. I once heard a quote that basically said "Tourists see what they came to see. Travelers see what they see." I want to go somewhere astounding, I want the sheer amazingness of the place to overwhelm me and I want to be taken by surprise. I want to love this place because I love this place, I don't want to go somewhere EXPECTING to love it, that defeats the purpose, as hard as it is to go with no expectations.

And here's a final song, for your inspiration. ;)

Friday, 18 November 2011

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Angela Monet said that quote. I enjoy it. A lot.

I realize that this picture has nothing to do with the quote, which is the title, which is supposed to be the subject of this post. I've had a lot of all over the place posts lately. I've been a little all over the place. I think this sign has the right idea though. What the world DOES need now is a group hug. Wouldn't the world be a whole lot nicer if there were no wars, no fights? If everyone could just agree to disagree? Gave each other group hugs?

Have you ever heard of Neil Pashricha? He started a blog called 1000 Awesome Things a while back, and ended up writing not one, but two books. If you ever need a little cheering up, "The Book of Awesome" or "The Book of Even More Awesome" should help.

I don't know how I feel about that. It takes away some of the magic of fairy tales. Everyone loves to feel taken care of, the prospect of growing up and having a career and being independent could be exciting to a child, but it could also be very nerve-wracking. I don't know if it's the kind of bed time story I'd want!

This is more like it. I loooooove me my WTP.

And here's a final song, for your inspiration. ;)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Oh Darling, Let's Be Adventurers

You know those websites? Like tumblr I guess, that just have a bunch of cool pictures and videos posted? I've been obsessed with them lately. I saved a few (bunch) of my favorites, and I thought I'd post them here.

They're all great for different reasons, but they're all great. I hope you like them. You should go out and look for more! There are so many of them, just make sure you do it when you have lots of time. ;)

This post, by the way, is going to be a giant mess of all things cool, so bear with me and enjoy.

  • This is cool, especially because many of the pictures are actually quite hard to decide. So what do you think, IS Ryan Gosling cuter than a puppy? (A lot of the time, I'd say YES!)
  • More cuteness, THIS gets me every time. Great for when you really need a laugh.
  • I feel like I might have posted this before, but it might have just been my Facebook status. It's very cool, however, and I love the title. "Go Beyond the Cover."
  • Toooooooooo cooooooooooool.
  • Another great video courtesy of my Theory of Knowledge class.
  • ANOTHER Theory of Knowledge video. Very, very, very, cool.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

You don't take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.

(The website I got the title quote from listed it as "anonymous" but I chose it because it reminded me of the quote at the top of my blog, by Jules Renard.)

This is a photo I took, obviously while in a plane, very early in the morning a few summers ago. Planes are one of my favorite things of all, and I absolutely love the way this picture portrays them.

I was in a photography workshop all day today. I'm not great at photography, but I enjoy it. The photographer we were working with was comparing photography to painting, which is nice, but I like to think it as a moment of time captured forever. I know that's not the most original train of thought, but it makes me happy. I love the idea that with a photograph we can capture forever how one person saw the world at one spot in time and space. The photographer, who was this guy, Paul Vienneau, in case you'd like to check out his work, also told us about a quote from some guy he didn't mention the name of, about how "The camera sees from both ends." I really like that, because I agree. I see photography as a way of showing the world what inspires you, what makes you think, what interests you, what fills you with emotion, be it happiness or sadness, or anywhere in between, at one particular moment in time.

I've never done this before, but I decided to show some of my own photos today. The plane above is one I took. I love how peaceful it is. I absolutely adore flying, I love it. I love the feeling that you're high above the world, in perfect solitude with all this silence around you. I'd imagine flying a plane with no one else in it would be a fantastic experience. At the same time, we as human beings aren't supposed to be in the sky so it gives an element of risk that I absolutely love.

Here's some more:

Anyways, my inspiration for today is Paul Vienneau and photography. I hope this inspires you to check out some of Paul's work and to go out and by a camera and start shooting, or to go out and find some other way to capture a second and share it with the world.

And here's a final song, for your inspiration. ;)